The Danish Girl

Eddie Redmayne had already shown his artistic abilities with Theory of Everything of 2014, but for the following year he returns to demonstrate his chameleon skills with The Danish Girl, based on the life of Lili Elbe, one of the first people to undergo surgery transgender in the world at the beginning of the 20th century. Below is our review of Blu-ray of The Danish Girl in charge of Universal Home Video.


Tom Hopper achieved a great visual spectacle thanks to his work with the adaptation of the musical of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, and now with The Danish Girl once again demonstrates its quality when entering a period film again, all of this achieved thanks to the Universal Home Video transfer. The use of mirrors in the first act of the film is rewarded with a unique exposure of light and yellow tones. It is in his last act where the white colors and certain shades of gray predominate, having a little lack of color, but this as a creative decision does not have to be affected with the Blu-ray.


Here we have a 7.1 channel transfer on your HD Master Audio, without any great paraphernalia or science behind the period drama. The dialogues are presented in their central channels while the score is used, but I would dare to say that not used, by the side speakers. With a discreet use, there is no more that could be said about the audio of The Danish Girl more than meets promised.


With an outstanding production work from design to costume, The Danish Girl by Tom Hopper is a clear example of what is achieved with an actor's vehicle for its protagonists: Eddie Redmayne, Oscar nominee but defeated by Leonardo DiCaprio and Alicia Vikander, winner of the statuette. However we are left with the desire to appreciate many more extras in this edition.


Yes. The high expectations of seeing the charisma, versatility and professionalism of Eddie Redmayne on the big screen are fulfilled. In fact, with his performance in The Danish Girl manages to exceed that mark and footprint that left playing Stephen Hawking in Theory of Everything with now a much more intimate, disturbing and again outstanding.

The film portrays the life of Lili Elbe (Eddie Redmayne), formerly Einar Wegener, in the 1920s in Denmark, one of the first people in the world to receive a sex change through surgery. A woman trapped in the body of a man and his relationship so close, and at the same time complex, with his wife (Alicia Vikander, who has just received an Oscar nomination for this role).

The talent that we already knew Redmayne and reconfirmed, and his provocative role in this film could easily overshadow, overshadow or simply put in the background the participation of his co-star, Alicia Vikander, as a framework that is practically only there to do look and highlight your painting. The truth is that at no time Vikander is left behind, it is splendid, both performances are memorable: one for his transformation and the other for his tenacity. The way they look, the way they play, how they cry and how they laugh, their relationship on the screen is beautiful. A duo of actors who look and feel comfortable.

The film is inspired by David Ebershoff's novel about the experiences of this Danish girl who is inspired by Lili's real life. And yes, "inspired" because it takes up real life events, but like the novel, many things are modified and others are completely fictitious. And this, more than a disadvantage, is perceived as a possible attribute. The value of history and how the script is constructed by Ebershoff and Lucinda Coxon, rather than giving us a biographical side, encourages us to contemplate and reflect on two types of love, different but complementary: unconditional love towards oneself and love unconditional towards the other.

The score composed by Alexandre Desplat manages to capture the essence of another theme that is also fundamental in the story: curiosity. Curiosity for trying new things, for discovering oneself, curiosity for trying to understand something. It's not just my romantic words to embellish this text, to listen to the songs of this composer with his eyes closed, his notes, provoke wanting to open that closed door to discover what's on the other side of it.

The director of the film, Tom Hooper, returns to work with a team already recurrent and recognized from Eddie Redmayne, Alexandre Desplat (The King's speech, The Budapest Hotel, for which he won the Oscar for Best Score), until Danny Cohen in the photograph (nominated by El discurso del Rey) and Eve Stewart in the production design (nominated by Los Miserables) that they fulfill in their respective areas.

There are moments during the film that move, that even get to disturb. There are others that fall into the romantic, they become forced and false. But despite this, the relationship between the protagonists exceeds, is the great attraction and delight of The Danish girl.

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